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Brook ready to put on a show against Frankie Gavin

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook says he is ready to put on a show for the fans when he defends his world title against Birmingham's Frankie Gavin on Saturday.

He was in London at a press conference today where he came face to face with his opponent. Some 18,000 fans are expected at the O2 Arena to see the first world welterweight title fight between two British fighters.

It will be the second time Kell has defended his IBF title after recovering from being stabbed in the leg in Tenerife last September:

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Bantams reject Blades bid for Parkinson

Bradford have turned down an approach from Sheffield United to speak to manager Phil Parkinson.

Bantams reject Blades bid for Parkinson Credit: Press Association

The Blades are in the hunt for a new manager after sacking Nigel Clough and his entire backroom team on Monday.

But Bradford are desperate to keep hold of Parkinson, 47, who has a year left to run on his current contract at Valley Parade.

Bradford's joint-chairman Mark Lawn told Press Association Sport: "It's true we've been contacted by Sheffield United.

"They want to speak to Phil, but we've turned their request down. We've made it perfectly clear that we want Phil to stay."

When asked if Bradford's board will open talks with Parkinson over a new deal, Lawn added: "That's up to Phil.

"We'd be happy to do that. He has another year left on his contract and he knows we always look to negotiate new contracts at the end of their terms."

Lawn refused to comment on whether Parkinson had a get-out clause in his deal that the Blades had failed to activate.

"I'm not willing to discuss the finer points of Phil's deal," he added.

Parkinson penned a three-year deal at the end of the 2012/13 season after leading Bradford to the League Cup final and to promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

He guided the club to a seventh-placed finish in League One this season, missing out on the play-offs by four points.

Clough paid the price for the Blades' failure to win promotion via the play-offs as they recently lost out to Swindon in the semi-finals.

The South Yorkshire club, searching for their eighth manager since being relegated from the Premier League in 2007, will embark on a fifth campaign in the third tier next term.

Six players leave relegated Tigers

Six players have left Hull City following their relegation from the Premier League.

Paul McShane spent seven years at Hull City Credit: Press Association

The contracts of Liam Rosenior, Paul McShane, Yannick Sagbo, Maynor Figeroa, Steve Harper and Joe Dudgeon all expire at the end of the season while Alex Bruce and Stephen Quinn have been offered new deals with the Tigers.

Regrettably, following relegation we have made the decision to release the majority of those players whose contracts have expired. We would like to place on record our thanks for the service they have given to the club, particularly our two longest serving players Liam Rosenior and Paul McShane. Both players have been outstanding for us and they leave with our very best wishes for their futures. The aim now is to retain as many of the remaining squad as possible and look to add some new faces this summer as we bid to compete at the top end of the Championship and bounce straight back into the top flight.

– Steve Bruce, Hull City

Paul McShane had been at the KC since 2008 when he initially arrived on loan from Sunderland and was a key player in Hull's first season in the Premier League. He scored five goals in 136 appearances. Rosenior played for the Tigers 161 times after arriving on a free in 2010.

Veteran goalkeeper Harper departs having made 31 appearances for the Club while Dudgeon, Sagbo and Figueroa have racked up 127 appearances between them.

Ferres rejects NRL to commit to Giants

Huddersfield's England forward Brett Ferres has rejected advances from the NRL to commit his future to the Super League club.

Huddersfield's England forward Brett Ferres has rejected advances from the NRL to commit his future to the Super League club. Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old former Bradford, Wakefield and Castleford second rower, who is vice-captain of the Giants, has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the John Smith's Stadium to the end of 2019.

Ferres joined Huddersfield on a five-year deal in 2012 but had a release clause enabling him to move overseas at the end of this season.

Huddersfield have been very good to me and since being here I've moved into the England set-up, which was one of my aims, and we've established ourselves at the top end of the table. I did have the option to go to the NRL at the end of this season but, with Huddersfield wanting me longer term and the security that brought with it to me and the family who are very settled here, I was only too happy to stay.

– Brett Ferres

Ferres has made 72 appearances for the Giants and made his England debut in the 2013 World Cup.

Brett is an international-quality player and every team needs those guys to lead and perform well both on and off the field. He is one of our go-to men when we need a play and a leader and someone who would enhance any team in the competition. His retention long term is great news for the club and the UK Super League as a whole as we were aware of interest elsewhere in his services.

– Paul Anderson, Huddersfield Giants head coach

Kyle Edmund withdraws from French Open

Beverley's Kyle Edmund has withdrawn from the French Open with an abdominal injury ahead of his second round match against Australia's Nick Kyrgios.

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First black FA Cup finalist to be remembered

Albert Johanneson, the first black player to appear in an FA Cup final, is being remembered ahead of this weekend's cup final.

Credit: EMPICS Sport

Johanneson appeared for Leeds United in the 1965 FA Cup final and his daughter and granddaughters are presenting his runners’ up medal from that final as a key item to the National Football Museum.

Other items include a tankard, which was used in celebration after winning the First Division during the 1968/69 season, an FA Cup Final celebration banquet menu as well as fan mail sent to Albert by a Swindon Town fan after he impressed during a performance for Leeds against Swindon.

It’s fantastic to have Albert Johanneson’s family over from South Africa and a great honour for us to be receiving his FA Cup medal.

With the FA Cup Final happening this weekend, it’s a perfect opportunity to remember the achievements of Albert; I’m sure his family will do exactly that here at the Museum and at the final on Saturday.

– Kevin Moore, National Football Museum

Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

Bantams boss wins cup manager award

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has been named the LMA FA Cup Manager of the year.

He led his team to memorable victories over Sunderland and Millwall, as well as pulling off one of the biggest ever cup shocks in coming from 2-0 down at Chelsea to win the game 4-2.

He beat Reading boss Steve Clarke, whose team eventually put Bradford City out, and final managers Tim Sherwood and Arsene Wenger to the award.

Cycling legend Robinson given crash payout

British cycling legend Brian Robinson has received £15,000 compensation after a car knocked him off his bike in West Yorkshire.

Brian at the start of the Tour de Yorkshire in Wakefield in May

Robinson was left with a fractured collarbone and ribs, a punctured lung and a deep cut to his arm when he was in collision with the car during a bike ride with friends last year.

But the 84-year-old, who was the first Briton to win a Tour de France stage and still rides 80 miles a week, was back in the saddle just six weeks after the accident.

The collision happened on July 16 last year, less than a fortnight after the veteran road racer was one of the guests of honour when the Tour de France visited his home county of Yorkshire.

Robinson, who won his first Tour stage in 1958, was cycling with friends in Thornhill when the car pulled out in front of him, knocking him to the ground.

Law firm Leigh Day confirmed that Robinson had received a £15,000 settlement for the costs of his bike and his injuries.

Andrew Bradley, head of the cycling team at Leigh Day, said: "Cycling is Brian's life and we are extremely pleased to have played a role in getting him back on his bike. It has also been an honour to have helped a legend of the cycling world in his legal claim."

Robinson, from Mirfield, West Yorkshire, said: "I would have preferred that it had not happened but I have been pleasantly surprised by how this incident has been handled through my British Cycling membership.

"I have had a great medical once-over and I am obviously pleased with the compensation which has enabled me to get back on my bike as quickly as possible."

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